Boeing Tapped For Apache Critical Safety Items Update | USAF Can Refuel In Saudi Arabia | 5 Rafales Arrived In India
Boeing won an $11.3 million contract modification to update critical safety items for the Apache attack helicopter (AH-64E). The Apache attack helicopter was developed by McDonnell Douglas, which is now Boeing, for the US armed forces. It entered service with the US Army in 1984. The AH-64 Apache is a twin-engine, four bladed, multi-mission attack helicopter designed as a highly stable aerial weapons-delivery platform. With a tandem-seated crew consisting of the pilot, located in the rear cockpit position and the co-pilot gunner (CPG), located in the front position. Work will take place in Mesa, Arizona. Estimated completion is December 31, 2014.
Raytheon won a $47.3 million modification for full rate production of the Javelin weapon system. Javelin is an anti-tank guided munition that can be carried and launched by a single person. It is made by the Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership between Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Lockheed Martin. The weapon can be deployed from multiple platforms and used during the day, at night and in any kind of weather. Work will take place in Tucson, Arizona. Estimated completion date is August 31, 2023.
Middle East & Africa
The US Air Force’s 378th Air Expeditionary Logistics Squadron was able to set up an R-20 refueling station next to a taxiway at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia in 48 hours after getting the call. F-15s from the 44th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and a KC-135 landed at the air base to refuel and turnaround for another mission on Jul. 14 to test out the new refueling station. 1st Lt. McDaniel, 349th EARS, KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, said: “With the rapid refueling process, it was a lot faster. We took 85,000 pounds of fuel in less than an hour. This will allow us to get off the ground, provide the fueling capability in the (area of responsibility) and sustain combat operations.”
Defense Secretary Mark Esper revealed plans for US Forces in Europe on Wednesday, prior to an announced troop withdrawal from Germany. Speaking at the Pentagon, Esper announced the start of plans for repositioning US Forces in Europe, known as the European Command or EUCOM. The plan includes five goals: deterrence of Russia, strengthening NATO, reassuring allies, improvement of US strategic flexibility and EUCOM operational flexibility and care of US service members and their families. He noted that 11,900 U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Germany, leaving about 24,000, but about half of those removed will be placed in other NATO countries. The move, objected to by Republicans in Congress, was widely expected.
The Philippine Air Force will now have to wait until October to take delivery of a C-130 after the United States informed Manila that it is not possible to fly the aircraft over to Philippines this month due to COVID-18. Another C-130 scheduled to be delivered at the end of the year will only be going home on 2021 instead. The coming C-130s were procured through the US foreign military financing program. Both planes cost $50.9 million but the Philippines would pay only $31.6 million, while the US would bankroll the rest of the amount.
The first five of 36 Dassault Rafale multirole fighter aircraft ordered for the Indian Air Force in late 2016 for $9.27 billion landed at Ambala Air Force Station (AFS) in northern India on July 29. The aircraft are part of a purchase to upgrade India’s military, as it contends with Pakistan on its west and China on its east, officials have noted. The Indian government discouraged media coverage or celebration, opting instead for a “final induction ceremony” in August.
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